Making XD-9 grip larger in girth?

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  1. Sep 17, 2009 #1
    mongoose33

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    My first gun, an XD-9 Service, is a nice pistol. But since then I bought an XD-45 Service, and I've found I shoot that gun much better than the -9.

    It's not a problem with the gun--I've found the larger dimensions of the -45 just fit my hand better for whatever reason. Was at the range this pm and it's incredibly easy to hold the sight on target with the -45, but much worse with the 9mm.

    I've been looking for a way to at least semi-permanently increase the 9's grip girth to approximate the -45. I'd tried a Hogue grip which was ok, but it's not exactly what I'm looking for.

    I'd also seen that Dan at Powder River Precision does a grip reduction with a nice stippling effect (http://www.xdtalk.com/forums/general-hs2k-sa-xd-talk/128527-grip-xd.html#post2100906), but that's a grip reduction, not an increase. To bad there's not a way to increase it.

    Anyone have a good idea for how to bring that 9mm grip up to about the dimensions of the -45? It's driving me nuts how much better I shoot that -45 than the 9mm.

     
  2. Sep 17, 2009 #2
    Gambit XD40

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    Check out the Hogue Handalls. They have some with a palm swell. Might be just the ticket.
     
  3. Sep 17, 2009 #3
    sloopy70

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    I believe the robar guys do a grip enlargement... the add epoxy, then contour and stipple it...
     
  4. Sep 18, 2009 #4
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    Grip tape...skateboard tape..I put a Hogue handall or whatever on my wife's subcompact 9mm. She likes it. don't get the junior size...it will split.

    ~Norinco

    p.s. I know you said you tried it but it is really good..on another note you can get a stipple job but that won't really increase the girth...PM me for contact info on a guy who does great stipple jobs.
     
  5. Sep 18, 2009 #5
    Cuda66

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    Bondo. Slap it on, sand it down to how you want it.
     
  6. Sep 19, 2009 #6
    9mmcrazy

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    Hogue.. you just have to cut a little bit out to clear the safety..
     
  7. Sep 19, 2009 #7
    Kaboom

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    Have you bothered to actually measure the differences?
     
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    ranburr

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    Gripreductions.com He can also enlarge the grip.
     
  9. Sep 19, 2009 #9
    mongoose33

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    Not only have I "bothered" to do so, I evaluated a number of potential options which which I might alter the girth of the grip.

    What I want is a grip on the 9mm that feels just like the 45. They're not the same.
     
  10. Sep 19, 2009 #10
    mongoose33

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    Tape might be the best next option as I should be able to approximate the 45's grip pretty well. Then I'd know.

    The Hogue isn't bad, it's just not the ticket for me.
     
  11. Sep 19, 2009 #11
    JonXD

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    How much is the difference? I have yet to hold a 45.
     
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    I have all of them, there is VERY VERY little difference except just below the trigger guard where the 45 is minimally longer front-to-back, the rest of the grip is the same. The Croats pulled off a miracle by making nearly all the changes to the 9mm frame inside rather than outside.
     
  13. Sep 20, 2009 #13
    akroguy

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    sometimes a little extra girth is all you need.:p
     
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    Kaboom

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    rofl
     
  15. Sep 20, 2009 #15
    mongoose33

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    We must have different guns, then, as mine are not the same.
     

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